14th Biennial Show: March 9th-11th 2017


Workshop Instructors

Sherri Lynn Wood

SHERRI LYNN WOOD is an artist working in Oakland, CA. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, and a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow. She has been making and improvising quilts as a creative life practice for twenty-five years, and blogs about it at daintytime.net. Teaching credits include Penland School of Craft, QuiltCon, and numerous modern and traditional guilds across the country. Her first book, The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters – A Guide to Creating, Quilting and Living Courageously, was released by STC Craft/Abrams in May 2015 and has already sold more than 6000 copies.

Modern quilting is about expanding the boundaries of the tradition without forgetting them. Improvisational patchwork is one of the cornerstones of the modern quilt movement because it drives the evolution of innovative design. Improvisation is not design but the creative process behind design, cultivating and pushing it towards the fresh and authentic.

Says Sherri:  I love to teach and have 20 years of experience sharing my work through presentations, demos, and workshops. My teaching focus is improvisational process and technique. I use a multi-disciplinary approach for teaching the process of improvisation. I invite students to draw on methods of improvisation from music, theater, drawing, and meditation as well from their everyday life –cooking, child rearing and conversation. We all improvise everyday so why not bring it into our quilt making! Check out workshop photos at www.daintytime.net/workshops.

Find Sherri Lynn Wood workshops at BQE.

Nancy Mahoney

Author, teacher, and fabric designer, NANCY MAHONEY has enjoyed making quilts for over 25 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in over 110 national and international quilt magazines. She has also created over 80 quilt patterns for a variety of fabric manufacturers.

Nancy has authored 14 books since 2002, all have been published by Martingale. Her bestselling books include Appliqué Quilt Revival (2008), Quilt Revival (2006), Treasures from the 30's (2010), Fast, Fusible Flower Quilts (2011), Kaleidoscope Paper-Piecing (2012), and Simple Circles and Quick Curves (2013). She has designed 15 fabric collections, including five 30s reproduction collections for P&B Textiles. Nancy is working on her next fabric collection, and her newest book, Learn to Paper Piece, is available as of March, 2016.

Nancy enjoys combining traditional blocks and updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Not considering herself a specialist in one particular area, Nancy's favorite techniques include precision machine piecing, quilt design, and machine appliqué. Nancy has taught many workshops nationwide for guilds, shops, and conferences; including International Quilt Festival (Houston), Minnesota Quilter's Conference, Kentucky Getaway, Road to California, A Mountain Quiltfest (Tennessee), and many more. Nancy believes making a quilt should be fun. In her classes, Nancy's goal is for students to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt that they will enjoy for many years. When she's not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling to guilds and events around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens. 

Visit Nancy’s website www.nancymahoney.com, for more information about Nancy and her quilts.

Find Nancy Mahoney workshops at BQE.